After an incredible career and a recent Super Bowl win, Peyton Manning is retiring from the NFL. While there has been talk of Manning’s retirement, which started on-air just moments after his win in Super Bowl 50, the Denver Broncos officially announced on Sunday that Manning would not be coming back next season. The popular quarterback played 18 seasons in the NFL, and hopefully will come back as commentator.
“When you look at everything Peyton has accomplished as a player and person, it’s easy to see how fortunate we’ve been to have him on our team,” Broncos executive vice president of football operations and general manager John Elway said in a statement released to the press. “Peyton was everything that we thought he was and even more — not only for the football team but in the community. I’m very thankful Peyton chose to play for the Denver Broncos, and I congratulate him on his Hall of Fame career.”
Earlier this year the Broncos won the Super Bowl by defeating the Carolina Panthers, the historic win will be Manning’s last. Manning was named NFL MVP five-times in his career and won two Super Bowl rings. Manning also set numerous records during his career, including most passing touchdowns (539) and passing yards (71,940). Manning and Brett Favre (also retired) have a winning total of 186 games.
“Peyton Manning’s extraordinary career was driven by his talent, an incredible work ethic, and an unwavering desire to be the best and ended so perfectly for him with a Super Bowl victory,” added NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in a statement. “Peyton’s competitive fire and love of the game made him a legendary player who thrilled fans for a generation. He has served as a great representative of the NFL both on the field and in his community. We are forever grateful for Peyton’s unmatched contributions to the game and know that his success will continue in the next phase of his life.”
Although Manning was preparing to announce his retirement on Monday with a full press-conference, news of his retirement leaked to ESPN after Manning called the Broncos on Saturday night.